The Pride Center provides education, advocacy, support and a safe space for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning (LGBTIQQ) and ally community at Cal Poly Pomona. The Pride Center serves the campus community through promoting empowerment and social justice on topics of sexual orientation and gender identity
Goals of the Pride Center
- Develop a greater sense of community at Cal Poly Pomona
- Raise social consciousness and cultural awareness of LGBTQ and intersectional identities
- Provide opportunities for leadership, academic and personal development
- Increase collaborative efforts among faculty, staff and students across the university
- Develop and cultivate relationships with surrounding schools and community agencies
- Increase student retention and success through programs and
The Pride Center typically has 1 full-time Coordinator, and 4-5 student assistants
During the early 1990's, Cal Poly Pomona underwent a cultural and institutional shift that sparked a renewed sense of activism, particularly with students of color. Influenced by the cultural politics of the time, students began to ask for more supportive service that reflected and affirmed their identity. Soon after began a long process of opening a new multicultural center at Cal Poly Pomona.
With students of color and allies leading the fight, a planning committee was formed and the vision of a cultural center began to crystallize. Unfortunately, the original planning did not include a space for the gay and lesbian group (GALA). A few students questioned this and several of them demanded to speak with project leaders in administration, including former VP for Student Affairs, Dr. Awakuni. After numerous meeting, the project leaders decided to include a small space for a gay and lesbian resource center that would be connected to the ReEntry & Women's Resource Center (formerly The Center).
In February 2004, Jonnie Owens accepted a new position on campus, and Reyes Luna took over as Interim Coordinator until